Published testimony on the power of technology & teachers to engage and facilitate learning:

  • Studies from Harvard Univ.- 5 separate studies show that students learning to use technology on their own outside of school doe not necessarily transfer and in many cases are not positive and useful learning methods and knowledge -> therefore showing the urgent need for teaching students technological literacy at school: Youth and Digital Media

  • "Pete A. Baccile, the technology director for the Hornell City School District in Elmore, N.Y., said building up a technology infrastructure has helped his school's graduation rate jump from 56 percent to 86 percent, especially after the school district equipped each classroom with a wireless access point, a document camera, and a 1-to-1 laptop program." ( 1-to-1 laptop program = every child in the class has a laptop to use) Digital Education July 5, 2011:

  • Videos of the Seminar in NY on the SchoolsforTomorrow: NewYorkTimes

  • Read the reasons and advice on getting past "technophobia" this technology expert offers on his blog: educationaltechnologyguy

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Get great links and thorough advice on how to get started using technology in the classroom: educationaltechnologyguy

Personal Learning Networks & Continuing Ed.:


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Engaging & teaching via videos and visuals:

We know that most students are visual learners & the internet has a plethora or great images:

Give Students Time to Read and Choices with Real Literature:

"Texas has one of the highest rates in the country of preschool children who are not read to on a regular basis — 26 percent. Almost one third of kids entering first grade in Texas are living in poverty, and there is a strong connection between poverty and reading proficiency and high-school dropout rates.

By the time they get to kindergarten, children in poverty will have been exposed to only one-third as many words (10 million vs. 30 million) as middle-income kids and will have less than 100 hours of reading time as opposed to 1,000 hours. They also will own only five books in their library, compared with 50." -Charles Butt C.E.O. of HEB

Using Background Knowledge:

The new KWL chart to include: 'How' and 'Actions to Take' : Langwitches